I became partners with Geoff Hotblack in 1981; our ‘divorce’ in 1986 was friendly and I bought his half back in 1998 when he retired to his guns, cars and the country. I have worked in Islington on and off since 1976 and sold my first house in Theberton Street for £26,000! Remarkably HD is the oldest agent left in Islington now; many having been swallowed up by the larger and flashier types. Being the company insomniac, I am usually in the office at 7am but leave early to go running or to the gym. Pleasures outside include watching lots of sport and enjoying the achievements of our 4 grown up children.
I have spent the majority of my life living in various parts of Islington. I started at the firm over 25 years ago as a trainee under the tutorage of Geoffrey Hotblack and I rose to partnership in 1998. I opened the Highbury office in 2006 and ran that before handing it over to Alasdair. I now look after new business, working with developers and contractors which I am finding pleasantly challenging. To unwind, I get out my bike and go cycling – my colleagues call me a MAMIL – grossly unfair! I organise the Hotblack bike rides which are a great way for us all to get to know each other out of the office and keep fit too!
Islington born and bred, I have worked for Hotblack Desiato since 2008. I have a very sporting background in that I used to play for Leyton Orient and Arsenal and for three years was a professional tennis coach so I am not entirely sure why I chose to be an estate agent but hey ho – maybe it was the free car. After working as a lettings negotiator here at Hotblack Desiato for a few years, I learnt enough to be promoted to lettings manager. I am really enjoying the challenge and I have a great team of negotiators so looks like I will be here for a while!
Hi, I’m Shell. I’ve been here with Hotblack Desiato for 10 years now, I used to deal with all the rent renewals but I now work in property management. I have a young daughter so I work from home 2 days a week, it saves me the commute and I do manage to get my work done. However, I really like the buzz of working in the Islington office on my ‘office’ days. Outside of work I am a keen runner and enjoy spending time with my family.
Originally from Manchester, I came to London in 1985 and cut my teeth on the London market on Upper Street in Islington. I joined Hotblack Desiato in 1987 and became a Director in the early 1990’s. I headed up the sales team in Camden Town for the past twenty-something years and have gone full circle as I have now moved to the Islington office and back to the area I first started at all those years ago. I look forward to the challenge of working in the competitive environment of Upper Street, which has changed more than just a bit since 1985! Even after all these years I still get a buzz from the business, whether gaining an instruction, the cut and thrust of negotiation or successfully concluding a sale. I have made many friends of buyers and sellers over the years and have a great affinity with the area. We are often privileged and trusted to be let into the lives of high profile clients, celebrities and their families who appreciate our friendly yet discreet and professional approach, which is an aspect of the job which I particularly enjoy. I am married to Marion and have 2 sons. I am a keen golfer and lifelong supporter of Manchester City – a true test of character for anyone, though it has become a little easier in recent years!
I have lived most of my life in Edgware and Harrow. I had never visited Islington until I had my interview, but when I arrived here in Islington, I felt right at home. I studied law at University, although I still have a passion for it I have always wanted to explore other fields of work and property management is suiting me well. It was a really exciting opportunity for me to be offered the job at Hotblack Desiato and I’m really enjoying working with a great team of people.
I was born and raised in North London and I have been working in residential lettings since 2012. I find working with property and people on a daily basis very exciting and captivating. I was fortunate enough to join Hotblack Desiato as a Lettings Negotiator in 2014, I had a very good feeling about the company on my interview and so far so good. So a little bit about me, I’m a relatively laid back, straight forward person and always happy to help. My main interests involve keeping fit, reading, travelling and I would also consider myself a ‘Foodie’ (I think it all provides a good balance!).
I joined Hotblack Desiato’s property management team a year ago and I received a warm and friendly welcome from everybody. Originally from up north I have lived in London for almost 20 years. I enjoy being a property manager – it keeps me on my toes as no day is the same. I am a ‘people person’ and I naturally go above and beyond to meet the needs and requirements of clients and tenants. In my spare time I enjoy chilling and spending time with my family near Birmingham, they do great fish and chips up there! I also enjoy travelling, reading, cooking and studying historic pictures. Don’t laugh but I also collect old dictionaries – I love words.
I have lived in North London all my life, and am the youngest of 4 siblings. Having previously worked in the Camden Branch, I took a break and moved into the busy and wonderful world that is Islington. I took some time out to explore my passion for baking, which I have loved since I was a child. During my time away, I enrolled in a patisserie school and I qualified as a pastry chef. I can either be found at home covered in flour, shouting at people on the ‘Great British Bake Off’ and playing netball in the park.
I have lived in Highbury for the last 21 years and North London for my whole life. After spending 27 years in the City I have switched careers and now joined Hotblack Desiato as a Sales Negotiator. It is exciting to be a member of a young and vibrant team, and I’m looking forward to learning the finer points of the Real Estate world. I have been used to being the negotiator between 2 parties and hope to be able to bring some of that expertise into a new (for me) arena. I’m interested in local history and have a keen interest in cycling, both road and touring. Every other weekend I like to torture myself by watching Arsenal play, although having been a season ticket holder for nearly 30 years you would think that I’d know better!
I have lived in Camden for about 18 years now. I also lived in Spain for almost a year with some gypsies…that was an experience. I can speak a bit of Spanish and Indian, and I’m currently learning Lebanese. I’ve been working in property for 10 years and joined Hotblacks property management team about a year ago. Prior to that, I trained as an IT technician – which involved everything from building computers from scratch to teaching adults how to use them. I also studied Cisco CCNA, but got a bit fed up with it all and wanted to try something else. In my spare time I play for a local pool team – we won the league last season and have now moved up to Division One!! I also like camping, sea fishing and cooking. I am by nature a very caring and helpful person. I really enjoy working at Hotblacks, they are a lovely bunch.
Hello, I’m Adam. I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to Manchester 12 years later, where I did most of my growing up before finally deciding to make the move down to London. I have been working in the property industry since 2015 and have already learnt a lot from this experience. Before that, I was at university in Birmingham with a part time job selling Irish cream liquor from a stand to the general public. I am an avid gym goer (usually there 6 days a week), so if you don’t see me at work, you’ll know where to find me.”